Rapid Reaction: White Sox 4, Rangers 3
In some ways Jake Peavy’s season may be a microcosm of what the White Sox fortunes could be like in 2012. The 30-year-old pitcher made his season debut against the Texas Rangers on Saturday night.
Little seems to be expected of the former Cy Young award winner after numerous injuries since 2008 and an underwhelming 17 wins in two and a third seasons with the Sox. Peavy struggled with his command Saturday even though he walked only one batter. The Sox starter dodged a bullet on near miss home run by Adrian Beltre in the second inning.
Peavy may not have gotten the win, but his workmanlike effort in the Sox’s season-opening victory on Saturday was an encouraging sign.
How it happened: Peavy and Texas starter Derek Holland gutted their way through 6 innings without their best stuff. Paul Konerko was the entire offense off of Holland with a single, double and three RBIs. Alex Rios’ first hit of the season was a ninth-inning game-winning home run off of Joe Nathan.
What it means: Close games like the Sox first two of the season, should be expected all season if the team continues to get good pitching. Robin Ventura got his first win as a manager. Hector Santiago was Ventura’s first choice as a ninth inning pitcher.
Outside the box: Manager Robin Ventura dropped Brent Morel from second to eighth in the batting order after striking out four times in the opener. Morel went hitless but made contact in every at bat. Adam Dunn continued to have good at bats, walking twice with a base hit in four plate appearances. Ventura still is matching up his relievers at the end of games without a closer.